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Meet Daphne Gaylord

Today we’d like to introduce you to Daphne Gaylord.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I have always been an artist, drawing, creating, building has been a part of my life since I can remember. My Aunt Imogene Gaylord was an oil painter and she used to babysit me at her studio. When she gave lessons she would include me. I learned the basics of painting from her. I loved drawing the fashionable women in the McCall’s magazines in the 50’s and 60’s and then the extravagant couture in Vogue in the 70’s.

My aunt had a studio in Spanish Village Art Center in the 60’s and 70’s and I spent a lot of time with her there, inspired by the works of the artists and vowed that someday I would be in a studio there. It took me a while but I juried in, in 2015 and am currently residing in Studio #3. I began with oils, moved to acrylics and several years ago I started doing Reverse Glass Paintings. I like the clean look it gives my patterns, which I use a lot of. I am always interested in new techniques and mixing different mediums to create interesting art.

Recently, I started incorporating Paint Pouring into my work which has created some great pieces. I also photograph my art and digitalize it in photoshop giving it a unique twist and composition, Photoshop is my favorite toy and I spend way too many hours playing! Art has been my rock my whole life, the one solid thing that helps get me through the twists and turns of life.

Please tell us about your art.
When I was a child I learned to paint with oil paints from my Aunt Imogene, it will always be my favorite medium, but a busy lifestyle led me to acrylics which I paint with most of the time. I enjoy mixed media and love to experiment with new techniques.

Several years ago I started doing Reverse Glass paintings, loving the way being painted directly on the glass gave my patterns which are abundant in my work a clean crispness and a vibrancy to the colors.

It was an interesting transition as one is basically painting backwards, starting with the detail and working towards the background as opposed to canvas painting, starting with the background and working towards the detail. I taught myself the technique and had quite an interesting journey discovering what mediums worked on the glass. Different mediums have different behaviors on the glass as opposed to canvas. I used acrylic paints, alcohol ink, paint pens, and clear varnishes, and even rubber cement to create interesting textures and patterns.

Most of my painting subjects consist of women in a whimsical fashion although I enjoy painting a still life or other traditional subjects occasionally. My paintings of women have an attitude with a splash of humor, many people relate to the women and see themselves, their sisters, mothers, and friends in the characters. I like that many of the people that view my work can identify with the women subjects

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
A fellow artist once told me that the definition of the word amateur is “a person who engages in a study, sport, or other activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefit or professional reasons” I paint because I have always had the desire to create, in a day to day world it allows me to pour out my emotions, take adventures, be daring, leap without looking, and be awed by the crack in the sidewalk that looks like an old mans face, steal the patterns of nature and make lovely printed dresses out of them for my painted women. Any day that I am creating is a successful day.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work is on display at Spanish Village Art Center Studio #3 in Balboa Park. My website is which has my biography and portfolio. I have shown at Art on 30th (my Red Dress painting received the Jurors Choice Award. Gallery 21 in Spanish Village: Small Image Show, Catnip Connection, New Member Show, San Carlos Library Artist of the month, and The Downtown Art Expo. My work can be viewed and supported on Instagram and Facebook.

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